There was some debate in our house about what to name this cookie recipe. Molten lava cookies won out. If you look closely, you will notice that the outside is firm with “cracks” that allow the chocolate chips to ooze out…much like a molten lava chocolate cake. But, it’s definitely chocolatey and could easily be called a double chocolate chip cookie, owing to the fact that it contains cocoa powder and chocolate chips. In the end, we decided that molten lava cookies was the best way to describe this decadent treat.
This is the GIANT version of the molten lava cookies!
I’ve captured the cookie making process below, performed entirely by my two girls, including their very informative commentary. You’ll also find resources used to make this recipe free from egg, soy and dairy or check out the Allergy Friendly Food Products Guide.
Molten Lava Cookies Step by Step
The first step is to cream the butter and the sugars. It’s best to allow the butter to come to room temperature first. However, if you absolutely can’t wait, then soften the butter in the microwave for 10 seconds.
We used Fleischmann’s Unsalted instead of butter.
The girls used beaters to get the process started and then finished with a spoon to get a nice, creamy texture.
Make me an egg! Since we have a food allergy in the house, we make an egg replacer with one teaspoon baking powder mixed with 1 Tablespoon water and 1 Tablespoon vinegar. There are many options out there and this recipe would work well with almost any version.
Add the egg n’villa. That’s a combination of egg and vanilla, according to the lingo used by my girls in the kitchen. Mix well.
Now add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and use a mixer (and a spoon) to combine.
Fold in the chocolate chips. It never hurts to add in a little extra. Also, be sure to taste the batter!
We use Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips.
The girls used a 1 Tablespoon scoop for this batch which resulted in smallish cookie (about 1 1/2 inches) that was a little rocky on the outside. If you roll the cookie dough into a smooth ball and then press in down slightly, it will look like the surface of the giant cookie. Honestly, every size and texture of these molten lava cookies is irresistible.
Love the plates…compliments of a sweet auntie who shares a love of chocolate and these molten lava cookies. 🙂
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg (or egg replacer)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl.
- Add egg and vanilla to bowl and combine.
- Add flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa and combine.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Balls can be small or large.
- Press each ball down slightly.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes, depending upon the size of the dough balls.
- Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet and then move to a baking rack to finish cooling.
Now that’s a chocolate cookie!